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MMELESI LODGE IS LOOKING FOR A HEAD CHEF!!!

Mmelesi Lodge, Thaba-Bosiu has an exciting position open for an experienced Head Chef.

PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

The incumbent will be responsible for staffing the kitchen, developing menu offerings, forecasting supply needs and costing meals. Liaising with the Food & Beverage Officer to make sure the kitchen meets all regulations, including health and safety guidelines.

You will be reporting to the General Manager.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

· To ensure that the kitchen is consistently producing quality food.

· To determine how food should be presented, and create decorative food displays.

· To determine production schedules and staff requirements necessary to ensure timely delivery of services.

· To estimate amounts and costs of required supplies, such as food and ingredients.

· To inspect supplies, equipment, and work areas to ensure conformance to established standards.

· To take part in the creation of recipes and the preparation of advanced items, while assigning less complicated tasks to the sous chef and cooks.

· Instruct and supervise cooks and other workers in the preparation, cooking, garnishing, and presentation of food.

· To ensure wastage is minimized by careful supervision of food preparation methods.

· To ensure proper hygiene storage methods are utilized to prevent food loss.

· To ensure kitchen staff are aware and follow healthy and safe work practices at all times.

· To ensure workstations are kept clean and hygienic at all times.

· To maintain stock levels of all kitchen supplies.

· To ensure meals are prepared on time and sufficient quantities are available.

· To be available for functions as they arise to ensure that food is prepared and served as required.

· To train kitchen staff, including cooks and other kitchen workers.

· To analyze recipes to assign prices to menu items, based on food, labor, and overhead costs.

· To cost menus.

· To arrange for equipment purchases and repairs.

· To meet with customers to discuss menus for special occasions such as weddings, parties, and banquets.

· To meet with sales representatives in order to negotiate prices and order supplies.

· To prepare and cook foods of all types, either regularly or for special guests or functions.

· Collaborate with other personnel to plan and develop recipes and menus, taking into account such factors as seasonal availability of ingredients and the likely number of customers.

· To check the quality of raw and cooked food products to ensure that standards are met.

· To check the quantity and quality of received products.

· To demonstrate new cooking techniques and equipment to kitchen staff.

· Record production and operational data on specified forms.

· To pay careful attention to the operating budgets of the department to ensure that costs are controlled to maintain the correct levels of spending.

· To perform all other job-related duties.

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

· Bachelor’s degree/ diploma in Culinary Arts

· Must have at least 5 years of culinary experience

· Strong leadership skills

· Ability to delegate tasks effectively

· Excellent organizational skills

· Attention to detail

· Ability to work under pressure

· Ability to resolve conflict in a constructive manner

· Ability to solve problems and think-on-the-feet

· Experience and success in equivalent job roles

· Computer literate (MS Excel, MS Word, POS, etc.)

· Extensive food and wine knowledge and creativity

· Ability to plan and cook menus (both A la carte and Functions)

· Must be active, agile and physically fit

· Knowledge of purchasing, ordering, receiving, food costing and inventory procedures

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested applicants should submit their application letters and CVs at Mmelesi Lodge Reception, Thaba-Bosiu OR they can email them to [email protected], subject must be Head Chef @ Mmelesi Lodge.

ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED.

Closing date: Thursday, 24th November 2022

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